Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Micron and Intel Extend Their Leadership in 3D NAND Flash Memory

Micron and Intel today announced production and shipment of the industry’s first 4bits/cell 3D NAND technology. Leveraging a proven 64-layer structure, the new 4bits/cell NAND technology achieves 1 terabit (Tb) density per die, the world’s highest-density flash memory. The companies also announced development progress on the third-generation 96-tier 3D NAND structure, providing a 50 percent increase in layers. These advancements in the cell structure continue the companies’ leadership in producing the world’s highest Gb/mm2 areal density.

The Many Ways to Define Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence encapsulates a broad set of computer science for perception, logic and learning. One method of AI is machine learning – programs that perform better over time and with more data input. Deep learning is among the most promising approaches to machine learning. It uses algorithms based on neural networks – a way to connect inputs and outputs based on a model of how we think the brain works – that find the best way to solve problems by themselves, as opposed to by the programmer or scientist writing them. Training is how deep learning applications are “programmed” – feeding them more input and tuning them. Inference is how they run, to perform analysis or make decisions.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Only 100 Spots Left!!

*UPDATE!!! There are only 100 spots left!* 

You can be the owner of this FANTASTIC gaming rig by helping us raise funds for our 2018 Computers For Charity Project. A donation of $5 puts your name in the hat for this amazing gaming PC donated by S&S Computer Sales. Paypal your donation HERE.

Epic Games Putting Up $100M To Fund Fortnite Prize Pools?

Holy crap! Who knew that Epic Games had this kind of money?

Tesoro Zone Evolution Gaming Chair Review

There is a review of the Tesoro Zone Evolution gaming chair posted today at ThinkComputers.

We have taken a look at a few chairs in the past few months, and today we are back with a model from Tesoro. The Tesoro Zone Evolution is an ergonomically designed gaming chair with a larger seating area and a good number of features. Grab a seat and follow along as we take a look at the Zone Evolution.

Intel On Addressing New Research for Side-Channel Analysis

Like the other GPZ variants, Variant 4 uses speculative execution, a feature common to most modern processor architectures, to potentially expose certain kinds of data through a side channel. In this case, the researchers demonstrated Variant 4 in a language-based runtime environment. While we are not aware of a successful browser exploit, the most common use of runtimes, like JavaScript, is in web browsers.

Battlefield V Set in WW2?

The next installment in the Battlefield franchise is set in World War II? Why? What happened to a "new battlefield setting?" Here's a totally worthless teaser telling you to tune in later this week. 😒

Jonsbo CR-201 RGB CPU Cooler Review

The crew at FunkyKit has a lot of good things to say about the Jonsbo CR-201 RGB CPU cooler.
Up until even just a couple of years back when people went out to get a brand new CPU cooler they'd consider three things before doing so cooling efficiency/performance, noise levels and size (leaving out the all-time classic factor price). Lately however thanks to the introduction of RGB lighting a fourth factor has come into play and it is no other than looks.

Ghost Platoon Demo

There is a playable demo for Ghost Platoon on Steam. Thanks to our friends at Blue's News for the heads up.

Ghost Platoon is a fast-paced easy-to-pick-up PvP First Person Shooter with stunning visuals. The game is built on Unreal Engine 4, with much love and details in every part of the maps. Currently netcode is based on P2P technology. 

WSJ: 1 in 5 ICOs Is A Scam

According to the Wall Street Journal, you should be very wary of digital coin offerings.

Hundreds of technology firms raising money in the fevered market for cryptocurrencies are using deceptive or even fraudulent tactics to lure investors. In a review of documents produced for 1,450 digital coin offerings, The Wall Street Journal has found 271 with red flags that include plagiarized investor documents, promises of guaranteed returns and missing or fake executive teams.

Cool Slow Motion Video of the Day

This is what a rainbow of paint looks like on a speaker at 12,500fps. You're welcome.

Valve Backtracks On "Sexual Content" Notices

It looks as though Valve is backtracking on those "sexual content" take-down notices they sent out recently.

I have just received word from Valve apologizing for the confusion, saying to DISREGARD their previous e-mail about the violation, that they are in the process of re-reviewing the game and will follow up soon.

Teen Monitoring App Leaked Thousands Of User Passwords

Hey parents, all the info you gathered on your teen is now in the hands of complete strangers.

The mobile app, TeenSafe, bills itself as a "secure" monitoring app for iOS and Android, which lets parents view their child's text messages and location, monitor who they're calling and when, access their web browsing history, and find out which apps they have installed.

NVIDIA Talks Robots, Research at ICRA

We’re bringing NVIDIA researchers — the brains behind our bots — to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Brisbane, Australia, from May 21-25. And they want to meet you. Held annually since 1984, ICRA has become a premier forum for robotics researchers from across the globe to present their work. The conference is a great opportunity to meet our team, go in-depth with our recent work shaping robotics research and development, and learn how NVIDIA GPUs and AI are powering the biggest advancements in autonomous machines.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

ASUS Updates Warranty Exclusions in USA

ASUS has updated its warranty information form to comply with the recent ruling that warranty stickers are no longer valid in the US.

Bleszinski’s Fall And The Perilous Fame Game

It's amazing how the arm chair quarterbacks, scumbags, and vultures come out in force in situations like this.

This has been a bruising time for one of gaming’s most recognizable figures. His team-based shooting game LawBreakers was a flop. His dream of making his own studio, one that would reflect his own vision of what games ought to look like, is over, and is unlikely to return. He laid off dozens of his employees, and he had to tell the world that he’d failed.

No More EVGA Driver DVD Disks

EVGA's Jacob Freeman's shot out a tweet today saying that the company will no longer be including driver disc with its products in favor of 8GB flash drives.

SuperMicro C9X299-PG300 Motherboard

The SuperMicro C9X299-PG300 motherboard is on the test bench at FunkKit today.

Not so long time ago we could see first gaming motherboards under the SuperO logo and each one motherboard which arrives at our redaction is better. I hope that also the C9X299-PG300 will surprise us with something exceptional. Actually, I know it will but you have to read this review to find out what is so special in the SuperO C9X299-PG300.

ASRock X399M Taichi AMD TR4 Motherboard

Grab your favorite translator and head on over to OCInside to read their review of the ASRock X399M Taichi TR4 motherboard.

Today we have another AMD thread ripper motherboard on OCinside.de in the test and are thrilled! This time around we're testing a small Micro ATX motherboard for AMD Ryzen threadripper processors with the ASRock X399M Taichi. The small socket TR4 motherboard was tested in the OC test with an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU and even overclocked properly.

Silicon Power Armor A75 2TB USB 3.1 HDD Review

Looking for an external USB 3.0 hard drive? Those crazy crustaceans over at Mad Shrimps say the Silicon Power Armor A75 is worth your consideration.

The new Armor A75 USB 3.1 external HDD does come with a professional looking chassis, which is also very light thanks to the aluminum build, impact resistant up to 1.22m and can operate between 5 and 55 degrees Celsius. It does also come with an USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C interface and the 2TB capacity should fit most user needs for backup purposes.

Roccat Horde AIMO RGB Keyboard Review

The crew at Play3r have published a review of the Roccat Horde AIMO  RGB keyboard that is definitely worth checking out.

So much so that it’s easy for me to rubber-stamp a Play3r Gold Award in addition to a Design Award, recognising not only the attractiveness of a product aimed squarely at gamers but also the amount of thought that’s gone into it and, for the most part, the software backing it up.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cooler MasterAir MA620P Review

Make sure you guys check out this review of the Cooler MasterAir MA620P CPU air cooler over at OCInside today.

After the MA410P and MA610P, today we are testing the Cooler MasterAir MA620P, a dual-tower cooler with 6 heatpipes and equipped with 2x 120mm fans! In the following Cooler MasterAir test, there is also the new 360 degree view, a new video and yet another video with all RGB effects in our OCinside YouTube channel.

Hands On With Kingdom Hearts III, Finally

Those of you that have been patiently waiting for Kingdom Hearts III should head on over to Kotaku and check out their hands on impressions.

Kingdom Hearts has never looked this good. I thought this while I was admiring the perfectly-placed scuffs on Hamm’s nose. Or the woven thread of Woody’s elbows. Toy Story was a great way to show off Square Enix’s graphical prowess, and it’ll surely attract new Disney fans to the series whenever it’s finally out.

Facebook Tracks You On Over 8.4M Websites

This is pretty damn scary.

Facebook is tracking you. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, or you religiously use incognito mode, Mark Zuckerberg’s monster almost certainly has your data meticulously catalogued and stored away somewhere. So long as you’ve visited one of the over 8 million websites with a Facebook like button or tracking pixel embedded, the company has you (and it probably won’t be letting go anytime soon).

Pretty Much All Tech Demos Are Fake as Hell

Tech demos are fake? Say it isn't so!!

It’s totally possible that what we heard on stage was simply edited for one of many legitimate reasons, but many people have been lamenting the fact that Google may have stood on stage and said something was real when in fact it maybe wasn’t. But it’s a great (and important!) reminder that you should never trust a tech demo, on stage or otherwise.

Teen Wins Top Prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Oliver Nicholls, 19, of Sydney, Australia, was awarded first place for designing and building a prototype of an autonomous robotic window cleaner for commercial buildings at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The competition featured nearly 1,800 young scientists selected from 420 affiliate fairs in 81 countries, regions and territories.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Google Going To The Dark Side?

Google has removed the 'Don't Be Evil' clause from the company's code of conduct. Bring on the evil!

Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show.

Valve Cracking Down On Sexual Content?

Valve doesn't like anime boobies anymore?

Valve appears to be cracking down on sexual content in Steam games, with three separate developers claiming that they've been told their games will be taken off the platform if they don't remove some of their most explicit content.

MSI Issues Warning Against Unauthorized Dealers

Beware of fake websites claiming to be MSI. I wonder why the authorities have shut that site down already?

However, the recent phenomenon of unauthorized dealers selling counterfeit MSI products has caught our attention. We urge users to purchase MSI products through MSI authorized channels such as authorized dealers, distributors and e-commerce platforms to avoid any counterfeits and protect your own rights.

MSI Reveals Its New Radeon RX Mech 2 Series GPUs

MSI is proud to present a brand new series based on AMD's “Polaris” chipsets, the Radeon™ graphics-based MECH series. Equipped with the new thermal design, the Radeon RX MECH series doesn’t just allow for higher core and memory speeds but also provide increased performance in games. The outstanding shapes of the eye-catching MECH series cooler are intensified by a fiery red glow piercing through the cover, while the MSI dragon RGB LED on the top can be set to any of 16.7 million colors to match your mood or build. A completely custom PCB design featuring enhanced power design with Military Class 4 components enables higher stable performance to push your graphics card to the max. A classy matte black metal backplate shows the MECH 2 cards more structural strength and provides a nice finishing touch. 

People Are Mad About A FREE DOTA 2 Statue

Remember the free collector's Baby Roshan statue Valve announced last year for players that hit level 2,000?  Well, they have arrived and people are bitching up a storm. 😖

The Boring Company Flame Throwers Coming In 2 Weeks

After encountering some "interesting" delivery challenges shipping propane-filled flamethrowers, Elon Musk says he has found an equally interesting way around the problem.

The Microsoft Cloud Can Save Customers 93% In Energy And Carbon Efficiency

A new report issued Thursday by Microsoft Corp. in partnership with WSP shows significant energy and carbon emissions reduction potential from the Microsoft Cloud when compared with on-premises datacenters. These gains, as much as 93 percent more energy efficient and as high as 98 percent more carbon efficient, are due to Microsoft’s extensive investments in IT efficiency from chip-to-datacenter infrastructure, as well as renewable energy.

Intel at 50: Intel’s 1101

Intel’s 1101 static random access memory (SRAM) was the first high-volume metal-oxide semiconductor (MOS) memory and the first chip to use silicon gates. The device was the result of a challenging development process. The conceptual groundwork for metal-oxide semiconductor memory had been established before Intel’s founding, but no one was even close to a commercially viable mass production method.

The task of developing one was daunting. Tom Rowe, Intel’s first process engineer, recalled that the largest obstacle was getting a high die yield out of a wafer (Intel’s goal was 20 die per wafer), a problem he feared might be intractable: “Every time we’d fix a problem, we’d uncover another one. … For all we knew the silicon gate process was no good. We’d make process change after process change, and many design changes, but it was still yielding only about two die per wafer, which meant it was a commercial disaster.”

Intel Advances 2020 CSR Goals

Intel releases its 2017-2018 annual Corporate Responsibility Report, a comprehensive assessment of the company’s performance in areas that include environmental sustainability, supply chain responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social impact.

As a technology industry innovator and corporate responsibility leader, Intel is committed to advancing transparency, driving performance improvements in its global operations, and exploring new ways to apply its technology to address global challenges. The report also highlights the ways in which Intel proactively collaborates with others and leads industry initiatives to drive greater impact on complex issues – from climate change and water management, to diversity in the technology sector and human rights issues in the global technology supply chain.

A Look At Intel’s 3M Square Feet of Solar Panels

Today, Intel reports on its ongoing work worldwide to reduce its climate and environmental footprint in its annual Corporate Responsibility Report. Imagine enough solar panels to cover 52 regulation U.S football fields or 47 full-size soccer fields. The company now estimates it has installed 3 million square feet of solar arrays at Intel sites in nine nations. They harvest 33 million kilowatt hours of green power, equivalent to the annual energy use of 3,700 U.S. homes. At its campuses across the U.S., Europe and Asia, Intel uses energy from the sun to heat and cool its buildings, provide lighting and produce electricity for on-campus use. Today, 100 percent of the energy Intel uses in its chip manufacturing business in the U.S. and Europe comes from renewable sources: solar, hydro, wind. Intel has for the past decade, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, been the United States’ No. 1 or No. 2 corporate buyer of green power.